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  1. Thread: Epi Pens?

    by LITTLE JOHN
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    Re: Epi Pens?

    My doctor would not prescribe an epi pen for me. He told me that since I had no allergic reaction to bee stings that I did not need one. He did prescribe me a bottle of epinephrine, 100 cc. I told...
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    Re: OW in triple deeps

    I over wintered in three deeps two years ago. I will never do this again. AT early spring the hives swarmed three times each. I tried to get all the queen cells, but must have missed some. Yes, I...
  3. Re: How do those with tall hives get their supers off safely?

    I use a lifting cage that I made for my kubota front end loader to trim tree limbs at out lake property. It works great, there is room to set the supers behind me and my wife runs the front end...
  4. Thread: hive boxes

    by LITTLE JOHN
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    Re: hive boxes

    After the paint dries rub some corn starch on the edges, don't be stingy when rubbing it on and the edges will not stick. The corn starch enteres the paint, does no harm, but does prevent sticking. ...
  5. Thread: hive boxes

    by LITTLE JOHN
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    Re: hive boxes

    I live in SW Oklahoma, and I use light oak stain, then 2 coats of spar varnish. The hives look good, like furniture, the bees do not mind the varnish after it thoroughly
    dries what so ever. I do...
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    Re: Switching Boxes In Spring

    Most of the time my queens go back down, but when they do not, I just catch her and put her in the bottom deep. The attendant bees will go down to her fairly quickly and she starts laying in the...
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    Re: Removing label glue from jars

    Yes, WD40 works great on the glue left from labels. WD40 is fish oil, not harmful. WD40, Water Displacement, receipe #40 for displacing condensation in and on electrical contacts. It is even safe...
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    Re: Not taking syrup

    I am in Altus, OK and my bees are not taking syrup at all. The cotton and salt cedars are blooming and they are bringing in all the honey they can store. They will not touch the syrup and we have...
  9. Do honeybees get nectar from canola flowers?

    Do honeybees use canola flowers for nectar or just for pollen? Farmers in my area have planted canola this year and it is getting ready to bloom and I was wondering if the blooms supplied nectar. ...
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    Re: Aggression and hot weather

    Hi !
    I live in Altus and it has been 112 to 118 every day. My bees are not hostile, everything but. They are bringing in cotton pollen and nectar and filling everything up. No rain where I am...
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    Re: 5gl Buckets - Food Grade?

    Arthurw was correct, hot water, but add just a little Dawn to the water, swirl around and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Pour off the water and most of the lard will come out with it. Then more...
  12. Re: You know you're a Texas Beekeeper when........

    little john from Altus, OK. 3/8 inch of rain since Oct. 7, 2010, and that was in 3 installments. For the past month and one half the temperature has been "averaging" 108 degrees Fahrenheit, with...
  13. Thread: Russians

    by LITTLE JOHN
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    Re: Russians

    I had only Russians and I loved them. Many live through the winter and are ready for spring. I said I only "had" Russians. I managed my hives to get all new queens from them this year and thought I...
  14. Propolis bar with holes across the entrance--should I remove it?

    I have one hive that swarmed 3 times this spring, caught them all, still full of bees and bringing in tons of honey. 2 deeps and added 2 supers. They built a bar of propolis completely across the...
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    Re: Bees like salt?

    Good afternoon,
    I have seen my bees on sulfur salt blocks that are put out for the cattle, but usually only when it is really hot, over 105 Fahrenheit. Sometimes there are quite a few working it,...
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    Re: 5gl Buckets - Food Grade?

    Deer Slayer is correct, the PE is for polyethylene, and the HD means High Density. So you have a High Density polyethylene bucket.
    little john
  17. Re: Wild Swarm caught 3 days ago but gathers no pollen

    I have caught 4 swarms so far this year, three large swarms and one about the size of a football. All have taken5 or 6 days to settle in and start bringing in pollen. I only had a few frames of...
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    Re: Moving bees from mating nucs

    I work mine at night about 80% of the time. It is to hot in S. W. Oklahoma to work them in daytime. I have light installed above the hive I am working on and they are always calm. I use a little...
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    Re: Air Staple Gun for Foundation Frames

    I use the Harbor Freight 1/4 inch stapler, pneumatic, with 1 1/2 inch resign coated staples that I buy at my local building supply. Sometimes they have the brass staples that are resign coated and...
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    Re: Brads or Staples?

    HI !
    I use 1/4 inch x 1 1/2 resin coated staples with Elmers Ultimate Glue. Once the glue and resin set, you cannot pull the frames apart. The wood will break first. I use the 1 1/2 inch staples on...
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    Re: Queens dieing

    Yes, this happened to me in swarms that I caught this year. I caught six swarms and out of 6 I had this to happen to 4 swarms. That was 66 percent, and all the queens had started laying well in...
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    Re: Homemade HBH feeding stimulant

    The receipe that you have works great, but you left out the lecithin granules, 1/8 teaspoon, but dissolve it in a small amount of warm water over night. I also add 4 drops of thymol (essential oil...
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    Re: Fondant or Grease patties?

    One hive was a swarm found in a barrel late in the season. They did not have time to build up much stores. Fed sugar syrup, but they just did not have time to store much before the cold came. Seems...
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    Fondant or Grease patties?

    Which is better for winter feeding, fondant sheets or grease patties?
    Fondant is hard, the grease patties are softer and seem to disappear faster, so the bees take them quicker, but really do not...
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    Re: Russian management

    No problem what so ever with mites, and I check often. Hives were inspected about two months ago by the state and were in his words "these are in great shape".
    I am so happy with mine that I am...
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